Saturday, 28 May 2016

For Peat's Sake - BOH Eco Trail Run 2016

BOH Eco Trail Run 2016 was BOH's second charity run after the hugely succesful BOH Highlands Run on Sep 28, 2014. While the 2014 edition was a 5K run, the 2016 edition saw us running 8K through BOH's lowland tea gardens at Bukit Cheeding and a section of the Kuala Langat North Reserve Forest (KLNRF).
Along with 598 other runners, me and hubby made our way to Bukit Cheeding in Jenjarom on May 28th for BOH Eco Trail Run 2016.
The key highlight of this year's run was the privileged access given to runners into a restricted section of the adjacent KLNFR apart from the BOH Plantations Bukit Cheeding tea garden. Through the special trail through the forest reserve, we had the chance to experience a natural peat swamp forest firsthand and be more aware of the delicate ecosystem which is held in balance by the peat deep beneath the surface of the land.
All proceeds from the registration fees for BOH Eco Trail 2016 totalling RM28,000 were channeled to the Global Environment Centre (GEC), a regional non-profit organisation committed to work on environmental issues of global importance.
Runners were treated to a showcase of Orang Asli handicrafts including how clothes are made from kulit kayu terap. All of the items made were sourced within KLNFR. 

After the run, runners were also treated with a dance performance at 9.00am by Sewang Tadon Balai Bekenjek. (We missed it as we were having way too much fun in the trails to finish early. Bwahaha)
We wanted to enjoy the trail and with the overcast weather which made it a perfect running condition that morning, we took our time covering the trail.

A number of runners had the same idea too, as most were busy taking photos and selfies as soon as we were flagged off. 
Yes, there are tea trees in Kuala Langat. And yes, it does kinda look like Cameron. Minus the pokok kelapa sawit lah! Hahaha

And you can see housing areas at one side of the tea plantation. ^^
Distance marker were aplenty, the first one that I saw was at the 1.5K mark (with 6.5K to go). But as we were having fun, we didn't really realize the distance or the time we took to finish the 8K trail run.
Marshalls were placed at critical junctions, and some were plying the route using motorbike.

There were 3 water stations and all were manned by an awesomely friendly and cheerful volunteers!
Entering the restricted KLNFR section. It was indeed a special privilege.

And upon exiting, we were greeted by the second WS.
I love the second water station and I bet the others did too.

The WS served fresh coconut drinks to us and the coconuts were from the tea plantation itself. After drinking, the volunteers helped "opened" the coconut for us to eat the flesh.

SUPERB!
Upon finishing, we were given our medals and we head off to collect our snacks and enjoy our BOH tea. The tea were served before the start of the run till the end of the run and I lost count of the cups I drank! LOL
My medal, snacks and media kit (with packs of tea to enjoy at home).
Hubby and I didn't linger at the venue after the run as I had to rush to collect my race kit before noon for next week's XCountry Pahlawan and hubby need to rush for work. He's on duty this weekend at an event.

Our morning at BOH Eco Trail Run 2016 was a fun one. Great job and congrats to BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd and team for another successful charity run.

I will certainly looking forward to another edition of BOH's run in the future!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

A Change In Training Routine Soon

now that Ramadhan month is nearing.

I used to head to Lake Garden to train when hubby worked late back in 2014 as I could go off early during the fasting month.

I'd got stuff for Son's buka puasa (and mine too) and while he stayed at his grandpa's house, I head out and run/jog/walk for 1 hour plus and return before it was time for buka puasa.

Like last year, I probably have a bit of time at the gym this year while waiting for Hubby to pick me up and then maybe run later at night.
Ramadhan is a special month.

I don't know why but I feel I get special energy during the fasting month.

I could workout before buka puasa. The intensity is decreased however, taking account of the fact energy is depleting in the evening but otherwise. it's business as usual.

I could run at 10pm, rest then sleep and then wake up by 5am to prepare for sahur. Arrive to office by 8.30am on weekdays. And repeat this for 30 days.

Ramadhan is the only month I'd be able to do this!

Looking forward to a busy but fulfilling fasting month!

Monday, 23 May 2016

KL Tourist For A Day

We entered the KL City Centre on Sunday because Hubby and I needed to collect our BOH Eco Trail Run race kit at Avenue K.
Ww were greeted by a fellow runner who is always helpful and volunteered at many races and also running in them! Respect, Oscar!

There weren't any other runners collecting their race kits when we got there but the volunteers (and the Race Directors) are there and they are all so friendly.
Haven't had my breakfast yet and with our O'Brien's Irish Sandwich vouchers which we received during the Shamrock Run launch and run earlier in February in tow; we had our brunch at the KLCC outlet. 

Gotta redeem our vouchers fast as they're expiring this end of month. Hahaha
Buy 1 get 1 drinks.
Buy 1 get 1 handcrafted sandwiches.
Bargain!
Can't wait to dig in! I was famished after an hour's run in the morning after all.
Son with his large cup of latte while his Mommy had cappuccino. Daddy just shared whatever we drank. Hahaha
From Avenue K later, after mall trawling in Suria KLCC and Avenue K, we head outside not really sure what to do.
Until we saw about 4 or 5 GoKL buses lining up in front of KLCC and we decided to try them.
Click on photo for bigger version or head to GoKL website.
The route cover major areas in KL and the buses are equipped with wi-fi facilities so passengers can enjoy free wi-fi while travelling in these buses. 

Cool!
First stop - Pavilion.

Although of course it is just a walking distance from KLCC.

But fun also to ride the bus and relax in the air-conditioned bus while utilising it's free wi-fi. 
Hehehe

Sunday, 22 May 2016

BOH Eco Trail Run REPC

Both Hubby and I had registered to BOH Eco Trail Run, thanks to The Marathon Company and this will be our second BOH Run, the first one being the BOH Highlands Run in BOH Sg Palas plantation in 2014.

The second edition of BOH Run will be held at BOH's lowland plantation in Bukit Cheeding, Banting. What? Got tea plantation in Banting?

Yeah. I also only knew about it when the technical team of the Run told me. LOL

For the 2016 edition, the run is to raise awareness on peatland preservation and forest fire prevention. All proceeds from the BOH Eco Trail Run 2016 will be channeled to support Global Environment Centre (GEC) public education campaigns as well as programmes among the younger generation in Kuala Langat area.

A good cause for runners to be a part of, right? 
After my morning Sunday run, the family and I went to Avenue K to collect our racekits for BOH Eco Trail Run next week.
With Benz, from The Marathon Company who was at the REPC located at Fitness First Avenue K. He just returned from Australia, having done the Great Ocean Road Marathon in the 23K category. ^^

Congrats again Benz on your GORM!
My goodies.

Now I can't wait for my BOH teh tarik after my trail run!

For those who are joining too, see you next Saturday.
And also, see you at Onesie Runsie KL on Sunday, May 29th 2016 in Lake Garden, KL.

Don't forget to collect our race kits for Onesie Runsie KL on either May 27- 28th, 2016 at AEON AU2 Setiawangsa Mall.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Inaugural Nilai Half Marathon

I only knew about Nilai Half Marathon from a friend's sharing at Facebok a few months back. At that time, the HM fits into my training plan but I hesitated into joining due to lack of information and the fact that it doesn't have an online registration portal.

It was only on Tuesday, a few days before the half marathon that I finally contacted one of the HM committee member to enquire whether they could still accept late registration as registration had already been closed at the end of April.

Lucky me, they still have slots available. I got the form whatssaped to me, which I duly filled and whatssaped back with a copy of M2U transfer for my registration fee of RM50.00. Pretty easy actually. Who needs online payment portal and pay extra $$$ for the convenience again? hur hur

Although I had known about Nilai Half Marathon a few months back, signing up to the HM was rather a rash decision. My last long run was at Nike We Run KL in early April and I haven't been training since.

With the HM looming just a few days, I "crammed up" a few running session but I know it wouldn't be enough. For Nilai Half Marathon this time, it's just a case of finding an avenue for my mileage and hopefully not do too bad. 
The flag-off for Nilai Half Marathon was at 7.00am which is pretty late for a half marathon here but I didn't get too worked up over it. Just run lah.

Nilai Half Marathon only offered one distance category which is of course the half marathon (21K) for Men Open, Women Open, Men Veteran and Women Veteran.
Although the turnout was less than 500 runners, I feel the number is quite respectable for a half marathon run especially for a first time event. More so seeing that strong runners came in droves to run in Nilai Half Marathon.

Just like Nike We Run KL, I knew that I'd start having problem after the 10K mark because of my lack of training and mileage and sure enough, for Nilai Half Marathon I started to struggle after reaching the 13K mark. The 7min pace I did for the 13K went down as I started to have walk breaks in between.

The undulating route was actually nice and we ran around some nice neighbourhood apart from through the town's center but yeah, after 13K and what with the heat and all... I wilted. Huhuhu

Most of the route was coned off for runners and the traffic police and Majlis Perbandaran Nilai staff who were on duty manning the traffic did an awesome job. Runners were not left alone along the route as we would always see one of the crew along the route. Thank you!

That said, some Nilai drivers were impatient. One lady driver in white Myvi refused to slow down or stop despite being instructed to, in front of one of the water station. So dangerous lah!

There were 7 water stations along the route, placed about 3K apart. At the 11K water station, we were served bananas and at two water stations, the organiser provided handkerchief soaked in iced water for runners. I like the handkerchief! After using it, I kept them in my pocket so that I can use it later. ^^

All the hills we had to tackle, and we still needed to tackle one last hill just 2K from the finish line. Ugh.

Just as I was approaching Dataran Nilai, I saw hubby waiting for me by the roadside. He told me I was the 20th Women Veteran to finish. Damn. (As if I can aim for a top 15 lah... Muahaha).

Still couldn't see the finishing arch despite already clocking 21K and I followed the runners in front of me towards the entry point of Dataran Nilai.

I already clocked 21.20K when I made a left turn for the Dataran and not seeing a finish line yet, I was like - F**k it. Not gonna run anymore. And I wasn't alone who felt that way. Runners in front of me stopped to walk too. 
We started running again about 200m towards the finish line and when I crossed it, I already did 21.60K.

The Majlis Perbandaran Nilai YDP and Labu ADUN were at the site, congratulating runners and to hand-out the finishers' medals.
But as always, I declined to wear my medal. I took it and put it in my pocket. Hihihi

Got my medal, a volunteer passed a bottle of chilled mineral water which she opened for me and a banana and later I lepaked around the finishing area with a few friends while relaxing and waiting for the lucky draw session.

It wasn't an easy run and not only because I didn't train. The route was a tough one and one that I'd love to repeat next year. 

The organiser had promised that Nilai Half Marathon will be a yearly event and will offer more cash prizes.

Truthfully for me, I don't care much about prizes for podium winners. Or what kind of medal they offered. Or what t-shirt they gave out.

But I do appreciate what the organiser had done for this first Nilai Half Marathon in terms of taking care of runners. 

It's so nice to just go out and run and return to the basics of running, sometimes.
Apart from prizes for top 15 runners for each category (and there were even international categories), we had a lucky draw session with 50 prizes up for grabs. Alas, no luck in winning anything this time.

After the lucky draw session, we were treated with a lunch buffet and it was delicious!
Thank you Nilai Half Marathon for an enjoyable morning.
See you next year!

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